Vinay joined Watsi on February 26th, 2014. 30 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Vinay's most recent donation traveled 5,200 miles to support Than, a woman from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery.
Vinay has funded healthcare for 59 patients in 11 countries.
Vinay has funded healthcare for 59 patients in 11 countries.
Than is a 70-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has seven children, ten grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio in her free time. Five months ago, Than developed a cataract in each eye, causing her vision loss. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Than learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On May 6, doctors will perform extra-capsular cataract extraction and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure. She says, "I hope that my surgery is successful so I can attend ceremonies at the pagoda and be able to recognize my relatives' faces."
SaRet is a 64-year-old woman from Cambodia. She has six sons, twenty grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the monks pray in her free time. Three years ago, SaRet developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision, irritation, and itchiness. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When SaRet learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one and a half hours seeking treatment. On March 18, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure. She says, "I hope that after my surgery, I will be able to take care of my grandchildren and help around the house with cooking."
U Kyaw is a 44-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his his wife, three daughters, and a grandson in Karen State, Burma. U Kyaw is a soldier who lost his left leg when he stepped on a land mind five years ago. U Kyaw is unable to see in both his eyes. The doctor told him that he cannot restore vision in his right eye but he can help him with his left eye. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for U Kyaw. On March 26, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove U Kyaw's natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure.
Srey Nuon is a teenager from Cambodia. Her favorite subjects to study in school are chemistry and math, and one day she hopes to become a chemistry teacher. Srey Nuon was born with scoliosis, which is progressing with age, making it difficult to sit in school for long periods, and causing a lot of discomfort. Surgery can help correct the position of her spine, and prevent further worsening of the condition. Fortunately, spinal surgery has been scheduled for March 11. Our medical partner needs help raising $1,500 to fund this procedure. Srey Nuon says, "I hope that after my surgery I will no longer have any pain and I will be able to take care of myself and sleep better."
Eh is an eight-year-old student from Thailand. Her family escaped from civil wars in their village in Burma and now reside in a refugee camp in Thailand. Eh is currently attending third grade but has missed school for a month due to her health condition. Eh says she likes playing with her sister. In June 2018, Eh started to experience headaches. In August 2018, Eh started to have seizures daily, occurring two to four times a week. She has severe headaches and fevers. Doctors want Eh to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Eh's CT scan and care, scheduled for September 13. Her father says, "I have to look after my child all the time. I have to take days off from work so that I could take care of her."
Dalitso is a mother of three and grandmother of one from Malawi. She is a farmer who enjoys chatting with friends after a day of work. Since June 2018, Dalitso has been experiencing pain and a burning sensation in her stomach. She has been diagnosed with cervical cancer. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $650 to fund Dalitso's surgery. On August 31, she will undergo gynecological surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and seven nights of hospital stay. Dalitso's family is very happy that she will receive surgery and her pain will go away. She says, "Thank you to the Watsi project for making this surgery possible."
Horn is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two sons. She likes to play games and watch TV. One year ago, Horn had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear to perforate. For this reason, Horn experiences pain and tinnitus. She is in chronic pain. Horn traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On July 11, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her right ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $423 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Her sister says, "I worry about my sister's hearing and ear pain. I hope it is gone after the operation."
Kha is a corn farmer from Cambodia. He has two sons, two daughters, and six grandchildren. Four months ago, Kha was a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture in his left forearm. It is difficult for him to use his arm and lift things. He is in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On April 27, Kha will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. This procedure will help him regain function of his arm again. He says, "I hope after the operation I can bend and move my arm without pain."
Rebecca is a baker and a singer mother of one child. She has two siblings. Rebecca was a healthy woman until three years ago, when she developed chronic ulcer secondary peripheral vascular disease on her right leg. She underwent an amputation, lost her job, and was left struggling to provide for her teenage son and to feed her family. Rebecca eventually managed to start a small bakery business at home. Unfortunately, she recently developed the same condition on her left leg. She can no longer work and needs treatment. Rebecca is scheduled to undergo a left leg amputation on May 15. Now, she needs help raising $1,035 to fund this procedure. Rebecca says, “Thank you for helping me getting this treatment, it has been a difficult life changing journey for me and my son. At some point we had lost hope, but God has made a way through everyone contributing, praying for me and assisting me in one way or the other. I am so grateful.”
Sandar is a 35-year-old woman from Thailand. She never attended school, living in Burma until very recently. She likes to look at pictures in books and would like to learn how to read. In summer 2017, Sandar's mother noticed that she was walking with her hands out in front of her as if she had difficulty seeing. Over time, her eyesight worsened, to the point that she now needs to use a wheelchair because she is unable to see. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Sandar. On April 17, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Sandar's natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. “She always liked to look at pictures in books and I know she would like to learn to read," said Sandar’s sister. “If after surgery she can see well, I would like to send her to a school."
Musa is a 33-year-old man. About fifteen years ago, he noticed a swelling in a sensitive area. He never went to the hospital because he knew treatment would be too expensive. Finally, Musa was brought to our medical partner's care center. He was assessed by a doctor and was diagnosed with a large bilateral hydrocele. He needs surgery to treat the condition. Fortunately, Musa is now scheduled to undergo a hydrocelectomy on March 13. Our medical partner is requesting $428 to fund this procedure.
Phan is a mother of three from Cambodia. She is a rice farmer and enjoys relaxing at home while listening to the radio when she has free time. About nine months ago, Phan developed a pterygium in both eyes, causing her itchiness and blurry vision. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Phan learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. Phan needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of her procedure is $201. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for January 15. She says, "I hope I can help my eye and continue my work."